Questions about uninstalling softwares in Ubuntu, or uninstalling Ubuntu from a computer.

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Ubuntu 12.04: Replacing pulseaudio with Alsa?

Because of skype sound issues I was told to replace pulseaudio with alsa. I only found a solution for Ubuntu 10.10. Does this still work for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin? Or does it still not make ...
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sudo apt-get remove does not remove config files

I'm new to Linux/Ubuntu - and I'm wondering if the behaviour I'm seeing is as designed. I have installed vsftpd: sudo apt-get install vsftpd Then I remove: sudo apt-get remove vsftpd However, ...
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How do I remove all files that match a pattern?

When I revert in Mercurial, it leaves several .orig files. I would like to be able to run a command to remove all of them. I have found some sources that say to run: rm **/*.orig But that gives me ...
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Removing GRUB from windows system after uninstalling Ubuntu from Windows 7

I have installed Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 (no separate partitions, I selected inside windows option). I want to uninstall Ubuntu but last time I tried it and the Ubuntu is released but the GRUB ...
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Remove ubuntu-gnome-desktop?

I've recently installed ubuntu-gnome-desktop on my Ubuntu 12.10 32 bit system. It all worked, but now I would like to remove it again, since I like Unity better. This includes undoing all changes like ...
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How to uninstall Windows from a Dual Boot system?

I installed Ubuntu in the dual-boot configuration so that I can still boot up in Windows. But I just want to get Windows off of the machine. Anyone know how to do this without having to go through ...
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How do I uninstall LibreOffice?

Installing LibreOffice manually on Ubuntu 12.04 works great following the advice in this answer: http://askubuntu.com/a/182602/103893 It basically is a matter of downloading the most recent release ...
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How to re-install Software Center?

I've had a problem with Software Center for a few weeks, where it has just refused to delete a removed PPA from its "All Software" and "Installed Software" drop-down menus. I've tried many suggested ...
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How to change Ubuntu into Lubuntu?

I want to install Lubuntu on my old desktop with 128MB of RAM. As the memory is not enough to run the graphical installer, I had to follow the minimal install from a minimal.iso file as described ...
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How to completely remove an OS from VirtualBox?

I have installed Windows XP in my VirtualBox some days ago. Now, I want to remove Windows XP completely from VirtualBox and I decided to install Ubuntu 13.04 for testing. What is the correct way to ...
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Why removing gnome-core does not remove all of it's dependencies?

I installed gnome-core package on Ubuntu (minimal version for the beagle bone) and it was almost 600mb. However, when I try to un-install it using sudo apt-get autoremove gnome-core It removes ...
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How do I uninstall Dropbox?

After booting up, a popup screen tells me Dropbox did not install correctly, but it is lurking somewhere. To install properly I first have to delete the incorrect install. How can I do that? I'm ...
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How to completely remove firefox so it won't update?

I really don't like firefox, so the first thing I did after installation was install chromium as a browser and removed firefox via terminal using: sudo apt-get remove --purge firefox But every time ...
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How to remove configuration files completely

Recently I uninstalled some software using sudo apt-get --purge autoremove, thinking that this would remove all traces of it including unused dependencies and configuration files. However I discovered ...
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How do I purge the Steam Installer?

From the related question here the first I did was purging Steam How do I remove Steam? The next step would then be to also remove related files in ~/.local/share/Steam and in addition to the ...
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How do I uninstall Kubuntu and install Ubuntu?

I want to uninstall Kubuntu and install Ubuntu, but I want to completely clear former installation first. How do I do it most unharmfully?
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Downgrade from one version to a previous version? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to roll back Ubuntu to a previous version? Is it at all possible to downgrade from one version of Ubuntu to a previous version without doing a re-install similar to ...
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How to remove all i386 packages from Ubuntu 64bit?

Over the time I installed many i386 packages, which I no longer need. How can I clean up the system and stay only with the amd64 packages?
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Uninstalling skype

I installed skype on my ubuntu 12.10 computer, but after opening the program I discovered that I can't log in with facebook, witch is my skype account. so i'm trying to uninstall it. I followed this ...
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Synaptic remove “gedit” wants to remove “ubuntu-desktop”. How can I reinstall “gedit”?

I want to make a clean start with gedit; ie. remove all customization. Synaptic Package Manager, indicated that ubuntu-desktop would also be removed! Well, that sounded to be a bit on the ...
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How can I uninstall a locale via command-line?

I have 5 unused locales on my system. How can I remove them via command line? I have use localepurge but it didn't work.
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Completely Remove LXDE/Lubuntu Desktop Environment

I've install LXDE on my laptop due to Unity's disappointing performance. But now, I want to completely remove LXDE including it's entire list of programs that came installed with it. How do I go about ...
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Completely uninstall and reinstall OpenJDK

I searched askubuntu and tried the suggestions but failed .I try this question:How to completely uninstall/reinstall Java 1.I run sudo apt-cache search openjdk get the following: openjdk-6-dbg - ...
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How do I completely uninstall Google Chrome and Chromium?

I'm having a problem with Chrome and one of its extensions, so I want to completely uninstall everything. I've uninstalled Chrome through the Software Center, but when I reinstall it, all of my ...
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How to properly remove packages

I would like to uninstall some packages, but I find that after I run the sudo apt-get remove <package-name> command I still have log files or other types of files running around. Is there a way ...
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Can I uninstall Compiz if only using Gnome-Shell?

I already know that I can uninstall Unity if I'm using Gnome-Shell exclusively, but I'm also wondering if it's safe to uninstall Compiz when I'm only using Gnome-Shell, since as far as I know, ...
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How to remove Oracle JDK

I didn't find article any related articles How to remove Oracle JDK there are some related articles but they didn't solve the problem. I installed Oracle JDK tarball file from Oracle site by ...
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How do I uninstall Nautilus-Elementary?

Looking at the associated packages, I'm concerned about breaking Nautilus if I try and uninstall Nautilus-Elementary. Can someone please advise me on the best way to remove it?
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Uninstall Evince while retaining update and upgrade ability

I tried to uninstall Evince but got a message that doing so would remove ubuntu-desktop which appears to be needed to update or upgrade the system. Can we remove Evince and retain update and upgrade ...
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Why removing Amazon also remove other packages?

If I want to uninstall the Amazon WebApp that comes by default in the newest versions of Ubuntu, it ask me to remove other software as well. As you can see in the next picture, it is forcing me to ...
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How can I remove the default application indicators, like the power or the volume indicator, in Unity?

After installing a bunch of new application indicators, I realized that I was using a lot of the top-bar space, and wanted to get rid of some default indicators to have more space. Is this somehow ...
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How does one remove applications installed through “python setup.py install”?

I have two applications that I attempted to install, but they didn't work and now I can't get rid of them. They were both installed through sudo python setup.py install so there aren't any actual ...
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Are any programs not safe to uninstall?

As we know, Ubuntu comes with a lot installed on it. Many of them I either don't know what it does or just don't use. Which applications are safe to uninstall? I use mainly the basic stuff, FireFox, ...
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Why does removing Firefox install another browser?

I want to remove firefox (with sudo apt-get purge firefox*) but without installing the epiphany browser. how to do it? PS : I want to remove firefox becouse I want to use and only use google-chrome ...
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How can I uninstall Qt5 that I installed from .run?

I installed Qt from qt-linux-opensource-5.0.1-x86_64-offline.run file. It works fine, but I am unable to use KDE libs in it. So can anyone please say how to uninstall it?? I could also not find any ...
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Is it safe to uninstall thunderbird?

Actually I don't want it, I also don't want to install any updates of Thunderbird. So, whenever new updates available to download, I will manually deselect it from downloading. Thanks
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Ubuntu is kde styled after install AND removal

I installed kubuntu-desktop and every thing was fine. Then later when I actually logged in to Kde, I decided that I still like Unity better so I ran sudo apt-get purge kubuntu-desktop && ...
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How do you uninstall wine 1.5?

I installed Wine through the terminal using these commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install wine1.5 I know that I've removed at least part of ...
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What's the equivalent of “add or remove programs” in Ubuntu?

I wanted to install the plugin TeXlipse (installation instructions) and for that I am supposed to remove any previous version of it. Maybe the eclipse GUI is sufficient to achieve this end. What's ...
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How to completely remove ALL flavours of Ubuntu from Ubuntu Studio

Er, this may be crazy, I installed all flavours of Ubuntu (Ubuntu Desktop, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Mythbuntu) onto my computer. Now I want to completely remove ALL to get back my Ubuntu ...
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How to remove and reinstall GNOME 3?

I need to remove GNOME 3, so I can re-install it, for I experienced a huge power surge that disrupted my session in GNOME 3, and currently, the GNOME 3 interface is acting strangely.
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How to cleanly remove a badly installed .deb?

Whenever I try to use dpkg or apt-get, I get the warning: dpkg: warning: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 12674 package 'jarnal': error in Version string 'build901': version number ...
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How to uninstall OpenOffice?

I want to completely remove open office from my system. What packages do I need to uninstall to remove it completely? I am using Ubuntu 10.10.
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apt-get autoremove wants to remove linux headers

Today I ran apt-get autoremove to remove un-needed packages and it wants to remove linux-headers-3.2.0-37 and linux-headers-3.2.0-37-generic Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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How to uninstall Windows 8?

I do not want to dual-boot, I want my PC to solely run Ubuntu. How can I do this? I've tried everything and it just won't work. I am currently running Windows 8 and want to run Ubuntu 12.10. I've ...
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Which is the best method to install/uninstall apps in Ubuntu?

While apps can be installed with the apt-get command, Synaptic Package Manager or Ubuntu Software Centre, can anybody throw some light on which is the best method? I recently installed kubuntu-desktop ...
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Removing Ubuntu without losing Windows XP

I had a 160 GB hard disk with Windows XP. Then I installed Ubuntu 11.10 64bit. But I didn't knew anything about disk partition. After installation, I only have C drive with 20 GB in xp and about 40 GB ...
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How do I remove kubuntu-full and all it's applications?

I'm running 12.04 - I installed kubuntu to try it out and realized that with all the bloatware applications that I didn't want it anymore - I was able to uninstall the kubuntu-desktop but there are ...
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How do I remove the Youtube Unity lens?

I installed the Youtube scope and lens using these commands in terminal: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/lenses sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install yavol scope-youtube Every ...
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Using GParted to remove windows partition

I'm currently dual-booting to either Ubuntu 10.10 or Windows XP. However, I rarely use windows and would like to remove it. I've use the Ubuntu live CD to access GParted. I've also deleted the ...